Dennis Cooper's 'Closer'

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For some reason scenes from this book keep coming back to me. The French guy who humiliates the kid by causing him to crap all over the bed, then adding insult to injury by spraying room freshener. And my favorite line, the guy who goes overboard during some S&M who freaks out when the guy twitches - "I said, no fucking emotions! Do you want me to kill you, or not?" A line which recently sums up my feelings toward everybody I know, which I can't imagine is a good thing, but oh well

dave q, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oddly, I was unable to finish any of his other books, except 'Frisk', which was slightly disappointing

dave q, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

""I said, no fucking emotions! Do you want me to kill you, or not?" A line which recently sums up my feelings toward everybody I know"

Surely this is the ULTIMATE Dave Q post?

DG, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

closer's the one with the punks at the start, the short stories obessed etc...i like the guy who watches his firend having his shit eaten...

I'm still trying to figure out period though

Geoff, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Is that the one where Alex James from Blur gets buggered?

Leigh, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

That's most fanfics about him, though.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah but most fanfics aren't published hardbound and sold at borders. .

Samantha, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I already mentioned him. Quite like his writing. His book Guide namedrops Guided by Voices (and other *alt* bands) more than Magnet does.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah but most fanfics aren't published hardbound and sold at borders. .

There must always be a first time.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Mmm, I think I prefer Closer too. It's the one with the guy who thinks he's a pop-idol right? Always fun to read Cooper although he seems to be a bit of whiner ("wheee I felt so lost living in Amsterdam") and he has amazing crap taste in music. Still as mentioned in another thread: that fuckin' stabbing dwarf in Guide is sick genius.

Omar, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

he has amazing crap taste in music
Wah? He likes Techno? ;-)

helenfordsdale, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

(sorry, but I'm just itching to do this):

"Sanjaaaaaaay"
"It's St. John actually"

Jeff W, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I love that Dinesh Kupar/Dennis Cooper crossover thing. Every time they do that skit I wonder if one of the Goodness Gracious Me team has a stash of Cooper novels.

suzy, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

He likes Techno? ;-)

He would if it were played by blond long-haired boys with vacant looks. ;)

I said: "I want to ram that sampler up your ass". He just smiled and laid on the bed making me crazy with rage. I imagined what his entrails would look like adorning the sampler. Then the midget donkey ran into the room, jumped up the bed and bit his cock off. He bled to death whilst I smoked the last crytal meth. etc.etc.

Omar, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

The Marbled Swarm seems totally slept on. This is probably as good a thread as any to mention that Cooper's put out a strange, unsettling abstract "novel" in (sometimes NSFW) gifs: http://www.kiddiepunk.com/zacshauntedhouse/

one way street, Monday, 19 January 2015 00:24 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

More on Cooper's recent work with series of gifs: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-dennis-cooper-creates-fiction-from-gifs

one way street, Saturday, 5 September 2015 18:24 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

this is rtather distressing... so much for the freedom lovin' web

On June 27, when writer Dennis Cooper tried to access his blog—hosted by Blogger since 2002—he discovered that Google had deleted his fourteen-year project along with his Gmail account. Since then, readers have been greeted with a message simply stating, “Sorry, the blog at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.”

Cooper is not certain whether Google merely disabled the blog or completely erased it. The latter would mean he has lost years of artistic output that included writings, research, and photographs, as well as a platform through which he engaged almost daily with a community of followers and fellow artists. The blog also featured Cooper’s storytelling through GIFs, which inspired his recent GIF novel, Zac’s Haunted House (Kiddiepunk, 2015), reviewed by Paige K. Bradley for bookforum.com, and the 2016 short-story collection Zac’s Control Panel. He told Lauren Cavalli of artforum.com that his latest GIF novel, which is supposed to be published this fall, was stored on the blog. “Of all the things about this that concern and worry me, losing that novel is my greatest fear,” he said.

Cooper tried reaching out to the technology giant via phone and numerous emails, but has only received a generic statement about a “violation of the terms of service agreement”; he has not been offered any precise explanation. “There seems to be some major stonewalling coming from somewhere, but I don’t know where or why,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

After consulting a French lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law and who has volunteered to help, Cooper said Google has launched internal investigations, but they have led nowhere. “It seems that the only option I have left is to sue Google,” Cooper said. “This will not be easy for me for the obvious reasons, but I’m not going to just give up ten years of my and others’ work without doing everything possible.”

http://artforum.com/news/id=62177

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 13 July 2016 18:39 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I never saw the movie adaptation of Frisk. I presume it seemed to disappear with out a trace cos it was shite!

calzino, Friday, 17 August 2018 15:34 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

reading The Marbled Swarm; my first Cooper. feels a bit like I skipped levels 1-9 of some particularly perverse videogame and took on the final boss sight unseen. still I must be doing something right as I'm three-quarters through and haven't binned the thing

imago, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 21:17 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

I decided to take my OKCupid profile in a different direction. pic.twitter.com/FhXtKsfVG5

— Morgan M Page (@morganmpage) July 1, 2016

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:26 (eight months ago) link


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